When Should You Reach Out For A Helping Hand On Your Road To Dry Nights?
As your child gets older, it is more and more likely that they will need outside support and treatment to get through this phase, but the good news is that by the age of 12, 97% of children will have stopped wetting the bed.
If your child has previously been dry at night for 6 months or more in the past but has started to wet the bed again, this is medically known as Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis.
When it comes to secondary enuresis, there is a range of physical, emotional, and psychological causes, so seeking outside support and expert advice is essential.
What Can I Do?
This said, it is recommended to consult your doctor if:
- Your child is older than 6 years old and wets the bed twice a week or more
- You notice that bedwetting is starting to have a negative impact on their relationships, self-confidence, and overall emotional wellbeing
- Your child is visibly distressed or disturbed by wetting the bed
- They begin to wet their pants during the day
- You notice any other physical or emotional disturbances of any kind
Although it can be a challenging time for children and parents, with your loving support, reassurance, and some practical tools to stay dry at night, your child will see that bedwetting is just a common phase that they will naturally grow out of.
Your Own Health
Although the majority of cases of secondary bedwetting are caused by emotional stress or a psychological trauma, it is important to first rule out any physical causes.
There are several medical conditions that have been known to cause secondary enuresis including constipation, urinary tract infection (UTI), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and juvenile diabetes.